Editing Tables

Editing tables in Word can help organize content in different ways. When using Word tables can be used for text and numerical data.

Changing column and cell widths

You may need to adjust the size of columns and cells.

To adjust columns and cell width:

  • Hover the insertion point over the border between the row and column.
  • The insertion point changes to a double-headed arrow.
  • Drag the border in either direction.

Word table with resize box.

Check this outTo automatically adjust the size, Choose TableactionAutoFitactionAutoFit to Contents.

Using AutoFormat

If you like using Word's style templates to format your work, AutoFormat provides several formats you can apply easily.

Autoformat dialog box.

To use AutoFormat:

  • Create your table.
  • Click anywhere in the table and choose TableactionTable AutoFormat. The Table AutoFormat dialog box appears.
  • You can apply fonts, colors, borders, and shading using AutoFormat. Scroll through the various formats and check and uncheck the options in the Formats to Apply and Apply special Formats to sections. Check out your changes using the Preview box.
  • Click OK.